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I have just completed a 4 month placement with Sustainability Victoria to establish community energy projects in Gippsland.  It was terrific work with passionate, skilled people who are shaping the fundamental change that is needed in electricity generation. This was after 10 happy years at the helm of the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance where we conducted projects in both mitigation and adaptation on behalf of our region of councils.

Prior to that, I worked in education, public policy and programs and in environmental activism.

It’s not as though all of my time now is my own, but the choice regarding how I spend it is. Until recently I was a member of a Ministerial advisory committee, the Central Coastal Board, of Regional Development Australia’s Southern Melbourne Committee, one of 55 committees across the nation that develops the evidence base for and makes recommendations about regional development to state and federal governments and I stepped down as a Trustee of the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation, providing scholarships to students such that education can offer more broadly the life-transforming opportunities of learning to students who otherwise couldn’t afford further education at Chisholm TAFE.

I am conducting bird walks and talks around Melbourne, reviewing and evaluating interpretation programs for ecotourism agencies, I am presenting addresses to schools on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and I’m running quiz nights for community social groups. In between these activities, I step out across this wide brown land to add to my life list of Australian birds, currently sitting just shy of 660 species.

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Latest Blog Posts

Daily Links Jan 16

When all else is gloom, go birdwatching. I know I did and the Tufted duck is a little beauty, even if it is a little bewildered to be where it is.

Daily Links Jan 15

If you are looking for a sensible commentator on energy policy in general and renewable energy in particular, look no further than UTS researcher Nicky Ison. She has strategy and detail nailed.

Daily Links Jan 13

Hey everyone, it’s Skeptics Day though I do think that we need Skeptics Year or perhaps everyone having a Skeptics’s Lifetime. Cow horn manure, pyramid energy and psychic healing are all too common while healthy skepticism is becoming all too rare.

Daily Links Jan 11

The hard-bitten laconic farmer triumphing over all that nature throws at him (but hardly her) might be the myth, but ‘Cultivating a nation’ sets how we’ve been slipped a mickey, been sold a pup and been taken for a ride.

Daily Links Jan 10

Oliver Yates, ex CEO of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, is an active member of the Liberal Party. He has been scathing of LNP policy regarding climate change. In this article he again flays them and particularly the Queen of the Dark Arts, Peta Credlin, for standing in the way on progress. He is genuinely liberal and he can turn a phrase – have a look.